Late-night smash: Government shutdown, ObamaCare launching

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"ObamaCare is starting, do you know what that means?" asked Jay Leno, the host of the "Tonight Show." "You can now complain to your doctor about the government making you sick."

Leno then received a roar of laughter and applause after asking the audience if they feared the government operating normally rather than being shut down.

"Yeah, that's the problem," Leno said in agreement.

The late-night star offered his reasoning for why a government shutdown is better for America.

"Think about it," Leno said. "For the first time in years, it's safe to talk on the phone and send emails without anybody listening in."

"Late Show" host David Letterman also took a jab at the National Security Agency, saying the organization must now trust Americans to do their job for them.

"While they're closed, while the government is shut down, they are asking citizens to please, spy on each other," he said. "If you could just help out, do what you can."